Innovation development and technology transfer are promoted by the Institut Pasteur through its multidisciplinary and transversal approach to research. And, to turn discoveries into medical progress, the Institut Pasteur has two routes — one supports innovation and fosters new research projects (DDGO) and the other promotes technology transfer (DARRI).


Supporting innovation and fostering new research projects

The Department of Development (DDGO) supports Institut Pasteur scientific activities by:

The DDGO has thorough knowledge of campus research activities and, by developing mapping approaches, identifies nascent research and communicates with Institut Pasteur partners — whether public or private, industrial or philanthropic — together with the Department of Communications and Fundraising and the Research Applications and Industrial Relations Department (see below).

The DDGO also liaises with European bodies on behalf of the Institut Pasteur.

Pierre Legrain - Institut Pasteur

Pierre Legrain

Director of the Department of Development (DDGO)

The DDGO supports Institut Pasteur scientific activities by helping to set up projects, focusing on topics that meet public health challenges, and encouraging collaborative work. Our thorough knowledge of research work enables us to support our colleagues in the DARRI so that they can find industrial partners for the most promising programs.


Promoting technology transfer

The Research Applications and Industrial Relations Department (DARRI) turns Institut Pasteur technologies and innovations into progress in diagnosis, vaccines, therapy and technology for the benefit of patients:

  • by developing industrial partnerships and with investment funds,
  • by promoting Institut Pasteur discoveries,
  • by protecting these innovations (invention disclosures, patent applications, etc.),
  • by transferring these inventions to industrial partners in France and abroad (licensing agreements on filed patents, research partnerships, creation of start-up businesses, etc.).

Technology transfer and the development of industrial partnerships are among the Institut Pasteur’s historical callings. They generate essential resources for the Institut Pasteur, boost funding for new projects, and benefit public health.

To successfully fulfill its role, the DARRI has many strengths, including:

  • its close work with the Center for Innovation & Technological Research, the Institut Pasteur technological hub.
  • the Institut Pasteur is home to the "Pasteur Microbes and Health" Carnot Institute. Carnot Institutes are organizations that are efficient in forging links with industrial stakeholders in their areas of expertise. This is the case of the Institut Pasteur, which is renowned for its ability to foster innovation and research partnerships in microbiology and human health.
  • Bioaster, the Technology Research Institute funded under the French 'Grand Loan' plan and specialized in technological innovation in microbiology, which is supported by top level academic and industrial partners — CEA, CNRS, Inserm, Danone Nutricia Research, Institut Mérieux and Sanofi Pasteur.
  • a global technology transfer team within the Institut Pasteur International Network.

The Institut Pasteur is in the top 10* best institutions worldwide in terms of patent registration.
*Research Biotech Patenting 2014, Brady Huggett & Kathryn Paisner Nature Biotechnology, July 2015.


Isabelle Buckle - Institut Pasteur

Isabelle Buckle

Director of the Research Applications and Industrial Relations Department (DARRI)

Innovation protection promotes the Institut Pasteur’s vast scientific expertise. Industrial partnerships [licenses] enable patients to benefit from these discoveries through the development of diagnostic tools or new treatments. Industrial partnerships [collaboration agreements] also enable us to directly fund effective research that meets both global public health challenges and the need for knowledge of fundamental processes.




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